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Inside iPhone 8, inside iOS 11, inside Apple Watch 3, best ARKit apps for iOS 11


Inside iPhone 8: Apple’s A11 Bionic introduces 5 new custom silicon engines — Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip used in iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X packs in an array of processing cores and sophisticated controllers, each optimised for specific tasks. We only know a bit about these, let alone what else is packed into this SoC. Here’s a look at the new Apple GPU, Neural Engine, its 6 core CPU, NVMe SSD controller and new custom video encoder inside the package.
Apple’s first internally-designed GPU, built into the A11 Bionic Application Processor, claims to be 30 percent faster than the Imagination-based GPU used in iPhone 7 models–which was already the leading graphics architecture in smartphones. First iPhone 8 teardown reveals few internal design changes. iPhone 8 has survived a harsh scratch and bend test in a new Apple video.
iPhone 8 Plus best performing smartphone camera ever, iPhone X expected to be better. Apple says it studied famous painters & photographers for Portrait Lighting on iPhone X & 8 Plus – Apple looked at lighting by photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon – and painters like Johannes Vermeer – when building the Portrait Lighting feature found on the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, the company claimed in an interview published on Friday, coinciding with the launch of the iPhone 8 line.
Apple’s new video ad is 8 things to love about iPhone 8, looking to hook viewers on its latest smartphone, shipping today. After decade of iPhone launches, there was still a line in San Francisco. This unboxing shows all three colours of iPhone 8.

Inside iOS 11 — iOS 11 rocketed to over 65 of internet usage in just two days after launch, according to independent web analytics company StatCounter. Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that iOS 11 reached 6.2% of all iOS versions worldwide Wednesday. iOS 11 has some big changes for iPhone and iPad users, one of which involves the photos we take thanks to HEIF, an image format supported by both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.In older versions of the operating system our photos were saved as JPEG, but in iOS 11 they’re saved as HEIF.
HEIF (for high efficiency image format) is an image file format that offers some advantages over JPEG. Image files are about half the size of comparable JPEG images and compared to the same shots saved in the older format are higher quality, too.
Apple debuted a new safety feature in iOS 11 with Do Not Disturb While Driving. AppleInsider corralled a co-pilot to test it out – here’s how it works. (Even if not connected to a car, it can detect that the car is moving, and enable the feature accordingly. Regardless, CarPlay functionality stays live. Navigation and music playback still work.)
iOS 11 has a new one-hand keyboard option for iPhone that lets you do exactly what it says: type with just one hand. It’s easy to get at, but a little confusing why you may not see it.

Unboxing both Apple Watch Series 3 Edition models … at once — Apple released its all-new LTE-connected Apple Watch Series 3 lineup on Friday, including two Edition models sporting sleek ceramic cases. AppleInsider presents a special dual unboxing of the high-end wearables, in both gray and white. A new app dock scrolls vertically, offers access to all apps.

How to control music on your iPhone using watchOS 4 — You can use your Apple Watch and watchOS 4 to control music on your iPhone, or you can enjoy music on your Apple Watch without the smartphone. and here’s how to pair your Apple Watch with your new iPhone without losing any data.

First look: Apple TV 4K with tweaked Siri remote design — If you owned the previous fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri remote, you’ll be hard pressed to find any differences with the new fifth-generation Apple TV 4K, aside from a white, raised ring around the Menu button on the remote. [The new model starts at NZ$299.]

The best ARKit apps you can download now on iOS 11 — One of the most hyped features of Apple’s new iOS 11 update is ARKit, a series of tools for developers that make it easier than ever to create augmented reality apps. with ARKit apps now available on the App Store, AppleInsider gives you some of the best options you can test out right now.

iPhone 8 available, inside iOS 11, ARKit apps, iTunes and apps, HDR movies, Apple TV, Apple Watch and WiFi


(Image from Apple NZ’s iPhone 8 page)

iPhone 8 is available — It’s here in New Zealand, available to buy. As Apple says, it has “The most durable glass ever in a smartphone, front and back. A colour‑matched, aerospace-grade aluminium band. New space grey, silver and gold finishes.”
You can buy it from the usual places or direct from Apple,  (call 0800-692-7753).
If you get to get rid of your old iPhone in favour of a new one, here’s how. If you’d rather wait for the break-the-bank iPhone X, Mujo already has bespoke leather cases ready for them.

Inside iOS 11: Apple’s new one-handed keyboard allows for easier typing — Although most recent iPhones aren’t as friendly to one-handed users as the iPhone SE, Apple’s new iOS 11 does offer a special one-handed keyboard that compresses buttons into one corner of the screen. Here’s how to use it. The iOS 11 Cover Sheet mimics the lock screen and foretells swipe up to unlock for iPhone X. The launch of iOS 11 brings about a convergence of the iPhone’s Notification Center and Lock Screen for a new feature called Cover Sheet. Presenting a user’s notifications and other events, the feature also offers a glimpse at how the new home-button-free iPhone X will work when it debuts in November. It has quick screen recording comes right inside Control Center, invoked through a command in the overhauled Control Center interface. You add this via the Customise ability.
The iOS 11 App Store renovation for iPhone and iPad was inspired by Apple Music, and has  speed enhancements and new multitasking feature. This has been showcased in new ads.

Looking for more ARKit Apps? There’s a new App Store Section for that — Apple’s revamped App Store in iOS 11 aims to improve discoverability, and that’s good news if you’re on the hunt for more apps that show off what you can do with augmented reality.

You can still restore iOS apps from your hard drive — There are still a couple of options to let you restore iOS apps from your hard drive. Yes, Apple has taken away much of our ability to manage apps in iTunes 12.7. However, that doesn’t mean all of your IPA files are worthless. In fact, you can even still use iTunes to load them onto your devices.

Apple throws iTunes spotlight on 4K HDR movies ahead of Apple TV 4K release — Ahead of Friday’s public release of Apple TV 4K, Apple on Wednesday updated its iTunes Store with a special section dedicated to available 4K HDR movies, content that highlights the new set-top streamer’s high-definition capabilities. Apple TV 4K impressions positive, depending on how bought-in users are to iTunes, but Apple TV 4K won’t play 4K YouTube videos because of missing Google codec.

watchOS 4 restricts browsing of connected iPhone music library — With the release of watchOS 4, Apple no longer allows users to browse their iPhone’s music library, restricting song list viewing to tunes stored on device.

How to ditch bad Wi-Fi info so Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular has better connectivity — The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has a bug related to how it decides to stay on shoddy Wi-Fi, or shift to LTE. This can be remedied somewhat by cleaning up your known networks and not connecting to the some bad Wi-Fi hotspots in the first place: here’s how to do it.

Inside iOS 11, AirPlay 2, ARKit, download ceiling up, ProCreate update, Belkin RockStar, Watch 3 issues, Syntronik


iOS 11 Apple’s big productivity upgrade — Apple has released iOS 11 and this is the biggest release since the first iPhone shipped with iPhone OS. Is it worth installing, assuming your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch supports it? The short answer is yes, but iOS isn’t perfect. Read on to see what the Mac Observer likes and dislikes about iOS 11.
The Files app brings some user control of documents stored on an iPad or iPhone. Apple’s iOS 11 introduced this new Files app, allowing iPhone, iPad, and Mac users the ability to seamlessly share working documents across iCloud, as well as integrate other online storage services with compatible applications. It has me minor limitations, but  for the first time, users can move files between apps in a graphical user interface, and not rely on the inconsistent ShareSheet button to move files between apps.
Apple’s Photos app now has native support for animated GIFs, and also automatically sorts them into a dedicated folder of animated images, making it even easier to find the pictures you are looking for. Messages in iCloud has not implemented at present, but it’s coming in a future update to iOS 11.
There is quite a long list of bug and security fixes, and Apple Insider has a movie of all the new features, plus for watchOS and tvOS.
Apple has also posted three new iPad tutorial videos highlighting iOS 11 features like handwriting conversion.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi aren’t full disabled when turned off in iOS 11’s Control Center — Apple says that when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available, so you can use AirDrop, AirPlay, the Apple Pencil, the Apple Watch, Continuity features (such as Handoff and Instant Hotspot), and Locations services. [Presumably AirPlane Mode still works as it should.]

AirPlay 2 on existing speakers requires a firmware update, support for Apple’s AirPort Express unknown — The upcoming launch of AirPlay 2 comes with a caveat: old hardware will need a firmware update, at the very least, to work with the new protocol. With Apple said to have ceased development on its router products, it’s possible that AirPort Express owners using AirPlay could be left in the dust. [No!! I use this all the time!]

First ARKit apps hit App Store, including Strava’s Fitness AR and room dimensioning app PLNAR — With the release of iOS 11 on Tuesday, iPhone and iPad owners will see a flood of augmented reality titles hit the App Store thanks to Apple’s introduction of ARKit. Fitness tracking app maker Strava and room dimensioning title PLNAR [which needs something more powerful than an iPhone 6] are among the first to take advantage of the specialised API.

Apple sets new 150MB ceiling for over the air App Store downloads — To go along with Tuesday’s big iOS 11 release, Apple announced a change in App Store policy that allows users to download apps up to 150 megabytes in size when connected to a cellular network, up from a previous cap of 100MB.

Procreate 4 delivers drag and drop, Files app support, other iOS 11 enhancements — One of the App Store’s best third-party illustration apps, Procreate, received a massive update on Tuesday with an all-new imaging engine and iOS 11-specific features like drag and drop, Files app support and more.

Belkin rolls out 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar Lightning adapter for iPhones without a headphone jack — The new 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar allows Lightning-only devices to plug in headphone jack audio devices and a source of power or data and use both at the same time. The Lightning port allows for not just power, but data synchronisation as well.

Apple issues a statement on Apple Watch Series 3 cellular connection issues — Early reviewers for publications including The Verge and The Wall Street Journal have expressed connectivity issues with the Apple Watch Series 3, which will be available this Friday. Apple has issued a statement about the issue.

Syntronik is IK’s new synthesiser app that features the sound of “the most iconic machines to ever grace the planet” — Syntronik comprises 17 powerful virtual synths recreating the legendary sonic signature of 38 of the most sought-after classic analog synthesizers and string machines ever created, recognisable by their elegantly designed, easy-to-navigate interfaces. It’s a free app, which includes 25 instrument sounds from 17 synths, but Syntronik Full, which offers a more comprehensive experience, has introductory pricing of US$39.99 – this is available as an in-app purchase. Individual synths are also available via in-app purchase for US$9.99 each.

Inside iOS 11, iPad Pro review, teardown, Apple’s ARKit, Data Shredder, Vita player


Inside iOS 11: HomeKit gains multi-person geofencing, conditional triggers — With iOS 11, currently in a developer beta, Apple is enabling more complexity in the triggers for HomeKit scenes and events, making them adaptable to a wider variety of circumstances.

10.5-inch iPad Pro: beautiful display and blazing speed make it a winner — It’s rare when Apple World Today has two major hardware reviews published on the same day, but the stars aligned and the timing was right for both a review of the fast new 27-inch iMac and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The two devices are different in their use case: the big iMac is a powerful desktop, while the iPad Pro seems to be the future of portable computing from Apple. Both devices have two things in common: astonishingly good displays and powerful processors. These features set them apart from the rest of Apple’s products.

10.5″ iPad Pro teardown finds Apple’s 120Hz ProMotion display requires four connecting cables — Pushing the pixels of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro Retina display at a blazing 120Hz refresh rate requires more bandwidth, which led Apple to double the number of connecting cables for the new iPad’s LCD screen, a teardown of the device has discovered.

Examples of iOS 11 ARKit — Apple’s ARKit (i.e., ‘Augmented Reality Kit’) demo during its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote was pretty impressive, and the samples developers are making only days later give us a glimpse into what’s possible with the platform. Developers are sharing their ARKit examples on YouTube, so The Mac Observer put together a list of favourites.

ProtectStar Data Shredder for iPhone — Before you sell or give away your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you may want to make sure all your personal files on the device have been blitzed beyond recovery.
It’s easy to restore supposedly deleted files from the memory on your Apple device – files containing notes, passwords, address book, photos, videos, calendars and more. Data Shredder for iOS (formerly iShredder) surpasses international standards used by state and military organizations in secure deletion. It’s not cheap and there are various versions available.
[Personally, I do a full reset on any iDevice I sell or pass one, wiping all data, via the Settings>General, scroll to the bottom, tap ‘Reset’ and choose ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ but if you don’t want to do this, or you want more certainty, Data Shredder may be for you.]

Nativ ships touchscreen-based Vita music player with built-in Apple Music support — Electronics maker Nativ has launched the Vita, a high-end, touchscreen-based music player and server which has the rare feature of integrated Apple Music support.

New Logitech Smart Connector keyboards for iPad Pro, Inside iOS 11, screen recording


The new Logitech Slim Combo with detachable keyboard is available to purchase from Apple — It delivers this week, ahead of the debut of the new iPad Pros next week. The detachable keyboard is available for both the 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, priced at US$129.95 for the smaller version, and US$149.95 for the larger one. Because it is powered by the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro, it does not include a battery or need to be recharged, or need to be paired via Bluetooth.

Apple’s first iOS 11 beta signals beginning of end for tens of thousands of 32-bit apps — When iOS 11 launches later this year, it won’t support legacy 32-bit apps, giving users and developers a few months to prepare for the upcoming change, estimated to affect up to 187,000 applications.
Starting with iOS 10.3, Apple began offering users a way to easily check for installed 32-bit apps. Open Settings, tap on General, then About, and select Applications to view a list of 32-bit apps currently installed. This also works in iOS 11 beta 1.
And here’s a list of the iDevices that won’t handle iOS 11.

iOS 11 adds quick screen recording to Control Center — A potentially handy feature discovered in Apple’s iOS 11 developer beta is native screen recording support, invoked through a command in the overhauled Control Center interface. Apple’s Photos app will gain native support for animated GIFs.

iPad Pro Smart Connector accessory lineup grows with new Logitech Slim Combo keyboards — The number of accessories compatible with Apple’s Smart Connector for iPad Pro continues to grow —albeit very slowly —with two new keyboards this week from Logitech for both tablet sizes.